Why does a considerable proportion of stroke patients develop spasticity yet others do not?

Approximately 38% of stroke survivors experience post-stroke spasticity within one year after a first stroke, while the overall prevalence of post-stroke spasticity is approximately 0.2% (taken from the WHO MONICA project). If a spasticity will be developed or not, depends on the type, the localization and the extent of the brain damage, and which areas of the brain are affected.
Physiotherapy, which has been started with at an early stage, can counteract a spasticity and delay its occurrence. Spasticity also occurs when an impatient patient starts an ambitious rehab training after the stroke. Besides the movement for the rehabilitation, it is also important to rest to recover. Therefore an individual, personal training program, tailored to the patient, is very important. Careful consultation with a physician is essential in order to ensure proper planning during a recovery phase.

Will my spasticity last forever?

Spasticity may not last forever, however this depends on the severity of the initial injury to the brain and spinal cord. Spasticity may remain for a prolonged period of time as the conditions causing spasticity are long term.

Why is it so difficult to access information about spasticity?

Many patients are not aware of the post-stroke spasticity treatment options available to them. This is why Merz has joined forces with the Stroke Alliance for Europe (SAFE) to address this gap, by creating an educational space for post-stroke spasticity to ensure that stroke survivors and their caregivers receive accurate and accessible information.